Breaking Back: How I Lost Everything and Won Back My Life
Harper Collins, 2009 M03 17 - 288 pages
James Blake's life was getting better every day. A rising tennis star and People magazine's Sexiest Male Athlete of 2002, he was leading a charmed life and loving every minute of it. But all that ended in May 2004, when Blake fractured his neck in an on-court freak accident. As he recovered, his father—who had been the inspiration for his tennis career—lost his battle with stomach cancer. Shortly after his father's death, Blake was dealt a third blow when he contracted zoster, a rare virus that paralyzed half of his face and threatened to end his already jeopardized career.
In Breaking Back, Blake provides a remarkable account of how he came back from this terrible heartbreak and self-doubt to become one of the top tennis players in the world. A story of strength, passion, courage, and the unbreakable bonds between a father and son, Breaking Back is a celebration of one extraordinary athlete's indomitable spirit and his inspiring ability to find hope in the bleakest of times.
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If most adolescent athletes have “sports parents,” then I had “school parents”—a
mother and father who revered education above everything else and treated it as
a lifelong pursuit, not just something to occupy you until age twenty-one.
Early on, my parents had to endure some social hardships as a mixed-race
couple. My father was black and my mother white, and it wasn't always easy. One
night, early in their courtship, they were dining at a restaurant and my father
Optimism of that kind was infectious, and the constant support of my parents
helped me to persevere through the awkward and often ignorant comments of
some of the people around me. While my interracial heritage may seem to be a ...
In December 2003, my parents were still living in the house where I grew up—a
modest but cozy two-story home in the Stratfield section of Fairfield, Connecticut,
near where the town line separates it from Bridgeport. Back then (and today as ...
We've always felt at home because our mother is British by birth, and so for the
past two years, my parents had come over for the tournament. This time, however
, my mom made the trip alone, with plans to visit relatives afterward. I lost in the ...
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I found the book interesting and easy to read due to the content and good writting. Being a tennis fan I found the book to show the reasons the commentators use very positive words describing James Blake. James his mother and brother are always shown respect when referring to them. Read full review